Head of Library & Information Science, CityLIS, at City, University of London. Established and direct the London Library School; co-director of the Centre for Information Science research group, alongside David Bawden.
Research focuses on: the nature of information, understanding documents and the processes of documentation, information behaviour, exploring LIS as an academic and vocational discipline, and curriculum development. Broader scholarly and teaching interests are drawn from art, science, technology, history and philosophy. They include: information history, information and digital ethics, and the consequences of emerging technologies (AI, mobile and pervasive computing, multisensory information communication, VR, AR and mixed reality) for how we understand documents, the processes of documentation, and library and information services.
My formal, academic background is in science, computing, and information science. I studied for my PhD at UCL SLAIS (now Dept. Information Studies), looking at scholarly communication in toxicology. I have professional experience in research, research methods, research supervision, project management, learning and teaching, curriculum design and academic leadership.
I have personal interests in digital culture, fashion, performance, cultmedia fandom, art and photography. These topics are reflected in much of my recent research.
Before joining City University in 2004, I travelled extensively within Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, whilst working for the Open Society Institute. My role was to promote open culture by working on projects relating to publishing and information literacy.
I worked for many years with ASLIB, the Association for Information Management, developing and presenting CPD courses on information technologies, including: the internet, finding and evaluating information resources, online searching, internet search tools and social media.
In even earlier times, I worked at University College London as a laboratory assistant, and as a programmer, and at the British Postgraduate Medical Federation as information manager. Before that, I was employed by Derwent Publications as an editor.